156. Telegram From the Mission to the United Nations to the Department of State 1

4029. Subj: UN Scale of Assessments.

There now appears the general agreement in Comite re two final paras of report to be made by Fifth Comite on item 78—scale of assessments for apportionment of expenses of UN: report of Comite on Contributions. Text of these paras, including Mexican amendments proposed this morning, telephoned Hennes/OIA today. Pursuant Allen/Bender telecon, US Del will vote for these paras.
This morning additional proposed “decision” para circulated by Dels of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom. Purpose this para is to have it mentioned in report along with other proposals and to balance earlier twelve-power proposal. Like other proposals, [Page 291]it will not be put to vote. Text four-power proposal also telephoned Hennes/OIA today.
After four-power proposal formally introduced tomorrow morning, US Del will make statement indicating that proposal in accord with US views. US Del will state further that it remains position of US that existing guidelines, including ceiling principle, should be maintained and respected.2
  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, UN 10–4. Confidential.
  2. The Department replied that USUN should support the text proposed by Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and should make every effort to have the U.S. position on a ceiling reflected in the Fifth Committee report. (Telegram 188134 to USUN, November 6; ibid.)